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Law (Specialism International Commercial Law)


Course Description

The Kent LLM (and associated Diploma programme) allows you to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of law by specialising in one or more different areas.

This specialisation opens up access to a range of occupations that require specialist expertise. It equips you with the necessary intellectual tools to practise international commercial law, or work for relevant government departments, regulators and international organisations in a policymaking or advisory capacity. It also provides an excellent foundation for students who may wish to pursue a research degree in the field.

It combines a thorough grounding in technical legal instruments of international commercial law, with sophisticated training in interdisciplinary frameworks for analysis of global business regulation, as well as reflective evaluation of the operation and effectiveness of law. Emphasis is also placed upon the interaction of law with other disciplines, particularly economics and politics. The modules are taught by distinguished academic specialists who cover a large and diverse range of subjects within the field.

Studying for a Master's in Law (LLM) at Kent means having the certainty of gaining an LLM in a specialist area of Law. The Kent LLM gives you the freedom to leave your choice of specialism open until after you arrive, your specialism being determined by the modules you choose.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/127/international-commercial-law

About Kent Law School

Kent Law School (KLS) is the UK's leading critical law school. A cosmopolitan centre of world-class critical legal research, it offers a supportive and intellectually stimulating place to study postgraduate taught and research degrees.

In addition to learning the detail of the law, students at Kent are taught to think about the law with regard to its history, development and relationship with wider society. This approach allows students to fully understand the law. Our critical approach not only makes the study of law more interesting, it helps to develop crucial skills and abilities required for a career in legal practice.

The Law School offers its flagship Kent LLM at the University’s Canterbury campus (and two defined LLM programmes at the University’s Brussels centre). Our programmes are open to non-law graduates with an appropriate academic or professional background who wish to develop an advanced understanding of law in their field. You study within a close-knit, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment, working closely with academic staff. KLS uses critical research-led teaching throughout our programmes to ensure that you benefit from the Law School’s world-class research.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of this specialisation stream. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation and student demand. Most specialisation streams will require you to study a combination of subject specialisation modules and modules from other specialisation streams so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

LW801 Intellectual Property Law

LW802 International Business Transactions

LW810 International Law on Foreign Investment

LW847 World Trade Organisation Law and Practice

LW905 International Financial Services Regulation

LW908 International and Comparative Consumer Law & Policy

LW923 Economic Sociology of Law

LW811 International Commercial Arbitration

LW813 Contemporary Topics in Intellectual Property

LW899 Corporate Governance

LW907 Commercial Credit

LW918 International and Comparative Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law & Policy

Assessment

The postgraduate programmes offered within the Law School are usually taught in seminar format. Students on the Diploma and LLM programmes study three modules in each of the autumn and spring terms. The modules normally are assessed by a 4-5,000-word essay. Students undertaking an LLM degree must write a dissertation of 15-20,000 words.

Programme aims

This programme aims to provide:

1. LLM: The opportunity to develop (a) expert knowledge and a sophisticated understanding of particular areas of law; (b) advanced research, writing and oral communication skills of general value to postgraduate employment.
PGDip: The opportunity to develop (a) expert knowledge and a sophisticated understanding of particular areas of law; (b) written and oral communication skills of general value to postgraduate employment.

2. LLM: A sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the institutional structures, key principles of law and policy and influential ideas, theories, assumptions and paradigms of particular areas of law.
PGDip: A sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the institutional structures, key principles of law and policy and influential ideas, theories, assumptions and paradigms of the subjects studied.

3. LLM & PGDip: A degree of specialisation in areas of law and policy chosen from the LLM option streams available and an opportunity for students to engage with academic work at the frontiers of scholarship.

4. LLM & PGDip: A critical awareness of the operation of law and policy, particularly in contexts that are perceived to be controversial or in a state of evolution.

5. LLM: The skills to undertake supervised research on an agreed topic in their specialisation and to encourage the production of original, evaluative analysis that meets high standards of scholarship.

6. LLM & PGDip: Critical, analytical and problem-solving skills that can be applied to a wide range of contexts.

7. LLM & PGDip: The skills of academic legal research and writing.

8. LLM: A sophisticated grounding in research methods.

Careers

Employability is a key focus throughout the University and at Kent Law School you have the support of a dedicated Employability and Career Development Officer together with a broad choice of work placement opportunities, employability events and careers talks. Details of graduate internship schemes with NGOs, charities and other professional organisations are made available to postgraduate students via the School’s Employability Blog.

Law graduates have gone on to careers in finance, international commerce, government and law or have joined, or started, an NGO or charity.

Kent has an excellent record for postgraduate employment: over 94% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2013 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Visit the Law (Specialism International Commercial Law) page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Eva Cofie

LLM Ambassador

"My name is Eva Eleanor D. A. Cofie and I am a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. I have worked in private practice since I was admitted as a Solicitor in 2001 specialising in civil litigation in areas including commercial, contract, housing and employment law. I have always had an intense desire to try to right wrongs and to correct injustices and have enjoyed practising as a Legal Aid Solicitor helping the underdog. To expand on my knowledge of the law and broaden my client base, I decided to take the International Commercial Law LLM course at Kent University on a part time basis.

Kent University was for me, the obvious choice as I believed that I would have some of the best lecturers and research facilities in the UK. I was particularly attracted by the critical approach to law taught at Kent Law School, which has been one of the UK’s leading academic institutions with a commitment to excellence in teaching and research for almost fifty years. In addition, Kent Law School offers a broad range of interesting modules on the International Commercial Law course. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course so far and I believe that on completion of the course, I would have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to make a difference in the international commercial law arena."

(Student Profile)

Andrea Christoforide

4699.JPG Kent Law School

"My name is Andrea Christoforide and I am Greek-Cypriot. I have graduated from a private English school in Cyprus. Onwards, I studied Accounting and Finance at the University of Kent for the academic years 2012-2015 and I successfully completed my BA in Accounting and Finance by achieving a First.
In order to broaden my academic knowledge I decided to do the LLM and more specifically the International Commercial Law. Cyprus is a country with an economy that relies a lot on foreign investment. I believe that the combination of the two, Accounting & Finance and Law in areas such as finance and foreign investment, will provide me with a competitive advantage in the recruitment process and help in my professional advancement.

My passion regarding Accounting and Finance is still my priority and therefore after the completion of my master’s degree in LLM, I will continue further and acquire the professional qualification of the ACA. This will be the final step towards my professional career.

Last summer I had the opportunity to do a summer internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cyprus which is one of the Big Four auditing firms in the world. The experiences I had were great and through this program I learned to work as part of a team and cooperate with the other participants to complete the tasks assigned to us.

I decided to continue my studies at Kent University because the interactions I had as an undergraduate were great. Not only the scenic environment of the university nor the beautiful buildings but mostly the teaching qualities. The professors were really supportive and the environment very stimulating. Since the programs of LLM are open to non-law graduates, and being a graduate with not an appropriate academic or professional background in the area of law, this was the best opportunity for me to develop an advanced understanding of law in the field of International Commercial Law in which I am interested in."


(Scholarship)

Kent Law School Taught Masters Overseas Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

For entry in September 2016Kent Law School offers a limited number of scholarships to students who are liable to pay overseas students’ fees. The scholarships are open to all overseas applicants on the Kent LLM programme at the Canterbury campus.The Taught Masters Overseas Scholarship will provide tuition fees at the full overseas rate (£12,890 in 2015/16) along with living expenses (equivalent to £14,057 in 2015/16). The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence.The closing date for applications is Monday 14 March 2016. A decision will be taken as soon as possible after the closing date. Candidates who have not been contacted by 31 May 2016 can assume that they have not been successful

Value of Scholarship(s)

£12,890 (in 2015/16)

Eligibility

The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence.

Application Procedure

An application should make a case for the award of the scholarship to the applicant. The case for the award of a scholarship should be between 1000 and 1500 words and should:Describe the applicant's academic achievements and performance in university studiesDiscuss the applicant's reasons for wishing to study for the Kent LLMOutline the applicant's financial circumstances, indicating in particular whether the scholarship will make a difference to the feasibility of studying at the University of Kent. All applicants are required to indicate how they intend to pay for living expenses and all other costs during their postgraduate studiesFurther, students are asked to submit one piece of academic writing. This could be either a piece of coursework previously submitted for assessment at the applicant's previous institution or it could be a 2,000 word essay written for this application on a topic of the applicant’s choosing.Applicants are reminded to ensure that their academic referees have submitted full references in support of their LLM application for a place on the programme. A separate reference for the scholarship is not required. Applicants may also submit a limited number of supporting documents, as they think appropriate.

Further Information

http://https://www.kent.ac.uk/law/postgraduate/taught/overseas.html


(Scholarship)

Kent Law School Taught Masters Home/EU Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

For entry in September 2016Kent Law School offers a number of scholarships to students who are liable to pay tuition fees at the Home/EU rate. The scholarships are open to applicants on the Kent LLM programme offered at the Canterbury Campus.The scholarship will provide tuition fees at the full Home/EU rate. For the academic year 2015/16, the Home/EU rate was £5,250. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence.The closing date for applications is Friday 6 May 2016. A decision will be taken as soon as possible after the closing date. Candidates who have not been contacted by 31 May 2016 can assume that they have not been successful.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,250 (in 2015/16)

Eligibility

The scholarship will provide tuition fees at the full Home/EU rate. For the academic year 2015/16, the Home/EU rate was £5,250. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence.

Application Procedure

An application must make a case for the award of the scholarship to the applicant. The case for the award of the scholarship should be between 1000 and 1500 words and should:*Describe the applicant’s academic achievements and performance in university studies
*Discuss the applicant’s reasons for wishing to study for the Kent LLM
*Outline the applicant’s financial circumstances, indicating in particular whether the scholarship will make a difference to the feasibility of studying at the University of Kent. All applicants are required to indicate how they intend to pay for living expenses and all other costs during their postgraduate studies.Further, students are asked to submit one piece of academic writing. This could be either a piece of coursework submitted for assessment at the applicant’s previous institution or it could be a 2,000 word essay written for this application on a topic of the applicant’s choosing. Applicants are reminded to ensure that their academic referees have submitted full references in support of their LLM application for a place on the programme. A separate reference for the scholarship is not required. Applicants may also submit a limited number of supporting documents, as they think appropriate.

Further Information

http://https://www.kent.ac.uk/law/postgraduate/taught/eu.html


(Scholarship)

The Templeman Scholarship - Single Award

- Applicants must be University of Kent Graduates.
- Applicants must already hold, or be expected to achieve, a first class honours degree from the University of Kent.
- Applicants must have received, and accepted an offer for a full-time taught postgraduate degree (any subject) at the University of Kent for 2016-17.
- Full-time UK (home), EU and overseas fee paying students are invited to apply.The deadline for this scholarship for 2016-17 has passed. Details for 2017-18 will be published here when available.

Value of Scholarship(s)

covers full-time taught postgraduate tuition fees for one year

Eligibility

This scholarship covers full-time taught postgraduate tuition fees for one year and is open to full-time home/EU or overseas fee-paying applicants.There is one Templeman Scholarship available each year.

Application Procedure

Applications should be made via your KentVision portal at: https://evision.kent.ac.ukYou will be asked to upload a covering letter '"Why I wish to pursue my chosen postgraduate degree at Kent".

Further Information

http://https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/search/FNADTEMPLE02



Entry Requirements

A first or good second class honours degree in law or a related subject. Kent Law School (KLS) may also take account of relevant work experience when considering applications. For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages (View Website).

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